50+ Tips & Tricks for a Fabulous Las Vegas Vacation
Schedule a night flight
Flying into Vegas at night and seeing all the bright lights of The Strip is such a mesmerizing experience. This leads you with just enough time to grab dinner and a drink without fully exhausting yourself, so you are ready to go on day 2. Getting to Vegas too early on the first day and dealing with jet lag is not a pleasant experience. Any first time visitors will definitely want to arrive at night for a truly memorable & exhilarating start to an exciting vacation.
Avoid holiday weekends – at all costs!!
Trust me, it is not worth planning your Vegas vacation around any holiday. If you hate crowds & overpriced everything, definitely skip Christmas-New Years week & Valentine’s weekend. At these times, lines are hideous, everything is overpriced, and the crowding along The Strip is simply unbearable and impossible to navigate through.
Double check your hotel’s check in policy
To avoid extra fees, check your resort’s early check in policy. Many resorts charge to check-in prior to an hour before official check in time. Many resorts are now charging anywhere between $15-30 for check ins before Noon.
Pack light & stay organized
Create a hassle free travel experience by incorporating mix and match outfits, the use of packing cubes, and travel sized versions of cosmetics. Anything you can do to conserve space means less luggage to lug around, through the airports, in the taxis and shuttles, and around the casino to your hotel room.
Download handy apps
Having access to great apps can make all the difference between an overwhelming trip versus a fun filled vacation. There are endless apps out there to choose amongst. A trip to Vegas can be an overwhelming experience without some extra help! Check out these great Vegas apps to take a bit of stress out of your vacation.
Check show reviews
Always check reviews of shows before committing to such a big purchase. One of the top reviewed shows (and my personal favorite as well) is the Mac King Comedy Magic Show. Totally affordable, funny, and mysterious all at the same time! Don’t waste your money on super expensive, low rated shows! Scan reviews on sites like Trip Advisor and Yelp to avoid major disappointment.
Where to stay in Vegas
Skip the suites and Strip view rooms
Unless you are going to be sitting in your room all day (and why would you in Vegas of all places!?) a Strip view room or suite is worthless – an extra charge you do not need to be paying. By the time you are done with all your Strip activities for the day, you will likely collapse in the bed some time after Midnight anyways, making the view worthless, and thus, all that extra money goes to waste! By the time I am done pushing through the crowds, walking endless miles, and putting up with constant bright lights and advertisements, I am just ready to get back to the room and go to sleep!
Don’t be too picky about your hotel, especially in the winter
Most likely, you will not be in the hotel or hotel room all that much. And, if you are, then boy are you wasting your time in Vegas!! There is so much exploring to do, great restaurants to try out, shows to see, etc. that there is really no point in paying hundreds of extra dollars for nothing. This is especially the case during the winter season when the majority of the pools are closed. As a great pool is basically the only benefit of choosing one Strip hotel over the other, there really is no reason to opt for a fancy hotel over a moderate one in the winter season.
Here are the top resorts to consider if you are looking for the best pool
On any summer visit to Vegas where temps frequently soar into the 100’s, a fantastic pool atmosphere is a must! And of course, Vegas is well known for their crazy pool parties (if that’s your style). Not to mention, you actually get to feel like that super pricey resort fee is worth something! The Mirage, Mandalay Bay, The Flamingo, Caesars Palace, and the Hard Rock Hotel all have pretty fantastic pools. To beat the daytime summer heat, a great pool atmosphere is a necessity.